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Observations

Region: Girdwood
Location: Pyramid Peak
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Route & General Observations

Road Observation: While driving to ski Tincan on Thursday late morning we noticed a large glide crack on the West aspect of Pyramid Peak. Once we got to Tincan we saw the same type of glide crack all over similar aspects. The skiing turned out to be horrible gloop, we left, but we wondered if any of those glide cracks might be an issue.
The next morning, May 3, we were driving past Pyramid again and noticed that the glide crack had slid to dirt all the way to the valley floor. A sure sign that glide cracks are definitely active right now.

Avalanche Details

Avalanche details

Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Wet SlabAspect West
Elevation 1800ftSlope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownLengthunknown  

Observer Comments

glide crack release seen from road on Turnagain Arm

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

Recent Avalanches?YesCollapsing (Whumphing)?NoCracking (Shooting cracks)?No

Observer Comments

all the normal signs of Spring

Weather

Weather

warm

Forecaster Comments

Forecaster Comments

Glide avalanche released between 4pm and 7pm on May 2nd. Confirmed by various girdwood avalanche professionals. Thanks Peter for the great photos below. We added last photo - courtesy of AK DOT avalanche program director Jim Kennedy.

Photos & Video

Photos



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